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Why Xbox Game Pass is Worth Every Penny

Xbox Game Pass has been a solid value since it launched in 2017, and it’s only gotten better over time.  In 2019 Xbox Game Pass for PC launched into open beta with little fanfare (possibly due to its awful, confusing name), but the service has continued to grow and evolve into something that is arguably the best way one could blow $10 a month on PC games.

Over the course of the next few paragraphs, I’ll attempt to convince you that Game Pass for PC is worth every penny of its subscription cost.  At the end, feel free to leave a comment telling me why I’m wrong – or thank me profusely for bringing your attention to this underrated product.

 

The List of Games is Growing at a Crazy Rate

While Microsoft’s marketing materials consistently tout Game Pass for PC as having “Over 100 Games”, the service has consistently hosted a library of around 200 games for months now.  While it’s impossible to assure that Microsoft will continue to over-deliver, it’s safe to say that the Redmond giant is becoming increasingly invested in ensuring that subscribers continue to stick around month after month. 

The last few months have been particularly exciting for subscribers, as the promised handful of monthly games has regularly included relatively new, unexpected titles such as Deep Rock Galactic, Wasteland 3, Undermine, and the upcoming Dragon Quest XI S.

The Game Pass for PC collection is pretty great at this point and loaded with  hidden gems, but it is poised to get much better in the future.  In fact, I haven’t even touched on the best part of the library yet…

Microsoft is All-In with First-Party Games

For the last couple of years and from now-on (or “until further notice”, if you insist on being a downer) Microsoft has pledged to put all of their first-party games on Game Pass – on launch day.  This aspect alone accounts for an enormous portion of the service’s library and is the only excuse many gamers will need in order to justify the subscription.

 

In addition to the entirety of the Master Chief Collection, numerous Gears and Forza titles, Sea of Thieves and countless others, we have Halo Infinite and a new Fable to look forward to in the coming year.  Oh, and don’t forget that Microsoft recently added Bethesda’s entire catalog to their arsenal!

 

The aforementioned acquisition will begin adding value to Game Pass for PC later this month with the inclusion of Doom Eternal, and Todd Howard (whose bold promises have been officially confirmed, this time) has recently said what we were all hoping he’d say – Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield and the next entry in the Fallout franchise will all be coming to Game Pass on day one.

It’s Even Cheaper if You Already have Xbox Game Pass (for Xbox)

Looking past the awful nomenclature for a moment, I want to shine a light on the fact that Game Pass for PC is only $5 if added to an existing Game Pass Subscription; and at this $15 tier, you’re also getting Xbox Live Gold and Game Streaming for select titles to your compatible Android hardware. 

 

Also keep in mind that Game Streaming will be coming to PC at some point in the near future, which means the Game Pass for PC library will dramatically expand to include Xbox games that haven’t even been ported to PC.  Whether or not Game Streaming will ever get to a place where it’s functionally identical to playing an installed game (I, personally, will not be holding my breath for that), it’s undeniable that this adds yet more value to the service.

In Conclusion

Game Pass for PC is a great deal at only $10 per month (or less if you pay for months/years in advance), and that deal keeps getting better every month.  While it’s entirely possible that the price will rise at some point or the library will shrink dramatically, you can always just cancel your subscription and move on with your life.  I think it’s safe to say that no other game subscription service even comes close to delivering the value of Game Pass Ultimate (don’t take my word for it; have a look for yourself) and I would even argue that it’s the best value of any sub service in entertainment full-stop.  But that’s an argument for another day!

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